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How can I tell whether a Chinese person is putting their family name or given name first?

The most common type of Chinese name uses one character or syllable for the family name and two characters or syllables for the given name. E.g. MAO Zedong, ZHOU Enlai and XI Jinping. If this applied ...
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Can a english(non-chinese) speaker survive living in Beijing?

(I lived in Shanghai for five years and toured Beijing and other Chinese cities.) English is spoken in high-end Western establishments. Elsewhere written and spoken English is very rare. Basic ...
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Does entering by a student visa and not attending the school cause the future ban of the entry in China?

The visa you get is not a six-month visa. It is a one-entry visa that enables you to enter China, go to the University, pay the application fee, get the documents and then apply for your six-month ...
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Chinese passport

First, it's not the passport that matters -- it's the nationality. If you are first a Chinese (PRC) citizen and then voluntarily acquire a foreign nationality, then by PRC law you automatically lose ...
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How to know what you can openly discuss in China?

I like @kaishiro and @ChrisTavers answers, but I'd like to try to directly address your question: in China for example, what is acceptable to say without running afoul of the authorities. In summary,...
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Can I renew chinese passport if I renounce US citizenship?

If by China you mean the People's Republic of China, Article 9 of the PRC Nationality law says that a PRC citizen residing abroad who voluntarily acquires a foreign nationality automatically loses PRC ...
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Transfering Money From China to the US

There are numerous ways to move money internationally, but China puts restrictions on how much currency can be moved out of the country in a given year. The most direct way is to process an IBAN/...
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Can a english(non-chinese) speaker survive living in Beijing?

You'll be able to do quite a lot of things in English, but your time will be much more enjoyable if you are able to learn a few simple words and phrases. There are situations you'll find yourself in ...
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Does entering by a student visa and not attending the school cause the future ban of the entry in China?

I experienced this whole process and asked my teacher about it in detail. First, X2 is effective for 180 days from the entry and I did not experience such procedure as @dda mentioned. The application ...
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Will PRC wife be permitted to enter Taiwan if I get a job there?

This may depend on multiple factors. Suggest you email the Taipei Representative Office in London, explain your situation and ask for guidance. Include all the details: what job, company, contract ...
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Do I have to pay customs duty if my family ships a Mac to me in China?

Yes. Anything that is brought in from overseas is liable for import duties. Sometimes there are (official or unofficial) minimum values under which the duties will be waived, but a new Mac is ...
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What happens to a Chinese-born citizen who acquires American citizenship by their parents naturalizing?

When reaching 18 the child has to make a decision: keeping the US citizenship after becoming an adult is tantamount to acquiring it on your own free will. Visiting China on a US passport will require ...
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My girlfriend is 9 month pregnant, I only have a 1-month visa. How can I extend my Chinese visa?

The only real possibility is to enlist for a language course. There should be a university (and probably several), where you girlfriend lives, that teaches Chinese. You would need to hurry though, as ...
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Alien registration card in China

As far as I understand it, If you are a non-Indian national residing in India and You apply for a Chinese visa in India (not in your home country) You need an "alien registration card" - presumably ...
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Marriage and double-citizenship

Most countries recognize marriages performed in other countries, and the US is no exception. The couple can marry in any jurisdiction that will marry them. The advantage of marrying in the US is ...
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After a study program ends, could I stay in China and apply for a work visa?

You would at least need to first earn a bachelors degree to be eligible for any job. And without 2 years of working experience, it will be difficult to find a job in a large city, so you would have to ...
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Do I need to take my Work Permit while passing through immigration?

Take it with you just in case. While it will be unlikely that you will be asked for it, it is general best practice that one has the most complete documentation at hand when passing through ...
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Renew Chinese driving license on a Q2 visa

Based on this answer to a related question, it is possible to get a Chinese driving license on a Q2 visa as long as you have your proof of address in China. I therefore suppose it should certainly ...
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How can I tell whether a Chinese person is putting their family name or given name first?

I always write my family name first, but in capital letters. This way it should be pretty clear to people that is my surname. Otherwise there's simply no reliable way to tell. One-character names are ...
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Since and until when can I stay in China using a student visa?

This is a little less clear-cut. You have to arrive in China "reasonably" early enough to do the procedures to get your residence permit. It takes longer for first-timers like you. So you should ...
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UK citizen working overseas. Planning a 2-week vacation. For purposes of travel insurance, how long is my “trip”?

It will depend on what each policy says. When I last shopped for policies, the handful that I sampled did indeed imply this—that you should buy a policy offered in your country of residence. Or if ...
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How can we take our new born baby outside China, or get him a passport?

Go to the indian embassy and get an indian passport? Citizenship by descent Persons born outside India on or after 26 January 1950 but before 10 December 1992 are citizens of India by descent ...
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Best water supply in China

You can buy an electric kettle to boil your water. That'll take care of any bacteria, although it still might contain heavy metals. I buy big jugs of C'estbon water. A jug will last me 2 or 3 days, ...
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Validity of Chinese residence permit upon work permit cancellation and leaving China

When your work permit was cancelled, your residence permit was also cancelled, at least in the Immigration database. If an Immigration officer scanned your passport's ID page, your status would come ...
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I was born in Canada to Chinese parents who have not settled abroad. I'm now 22 years old. Can I apply for a Chinese passport?

The short answer is "no" except you meet several pretty strict conditions(e.g you have to be stayed in China now) Basically, the consulate outside China will not issue passport to any foreign born ...
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Indian-Chinese unmarried couple got pregnant. How to get Chinese citizenship for the baby?

According to Article 4 of the PRC Nationality Law, a child born in China to at least one Chinese citizen parent is automatically a Chinese citizen at birth, with no other conditions. What do you mean ...
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Going to work overseas for 6 months and study a language

If you are returning to the UK to permanently live and continue your center of life there, then no, this will not affect your ILR. Being absent for approximately 180 days in a single year should not ...
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EU citizen going to work in the UK. Can my Chinese girlfriend come with me and possibly work in the UK?

If you get married, yes. Otherwise no, although if you reach the two mark by March 2018, and have been living together that entire two years, and can prove cohabitation for that entire period of time, ...
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Citizenship with Adoption

From the little information provided, I would say the child is most likely a US citizen and isn't a Chinese citizen. If the child was born after 1983, and was in the US as a permanent resident, they ...
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Obtaining China Driver's License with Other Country's Expired License

An expired original driver's license is going to be of zero help to you. A, current, valid driver's license is needed in order to get your foreign license off of your originals merits.
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